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Challenge: Things That Go Together II (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Dec 22, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 22, 2011

Model: the very talented and lovely Veronica Alicino (she of the glorious gams) and her very recent rescue, Louie. I had the honor of being the first "stranger" Louie has met since being adopted last week.

This is also the first shoot where I was seriously concerned that I would NOT get my shot. Louie - probably abused or neglected in his former home - would come nowhere near me, and fled from any room I was in. I was beginning to despair of getting him in any shot at ALL until Veronica casually mentioned that oddly, he was calmer on the leash. She brought it out, put it on, and Louie quietly padded onto the set. I took about 10 shots and knew I had it.

convert from raw
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clone out leash, some shadows, tiny piece of stocking
CEP tonal contrast
CEP glamor glow
brightness
color balance
vignetting
save for web.


Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!!!! This has been the best month EVER!!! I seriously didn't think the score would land the image on the podium, but here it is!! This is the second time I'm on the front page twice, in one month - a true Christmas miracle :-) Thank you all for such great comments, and your generous votes.

@ Katie - This is NOT the same gal as the cat image.

@ 31.gif briantammy, this is a two light setup, with a strobe camera left at 90 degrees to the wall (lighting the wall and dog), and one strobe to camera right at a slight angle (lighting legs and dog.

Oh, and thank you all who pointed out the typo in my original title :-)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 65
Avg (all users): 6.8750
Avg (commenters): 7.6471
Avg (participants): 6.7805
Avg (non-participants): 6.9195
Views since voting: 5444
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 128
Comments: 65
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/02/2012 05:45:43 PM
Congratulations, Johanna. Very nice shot. The dog stole the show for me, but I'll bet at least 50% of viewers couldn't go past the legs!
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01/02/2012 12:07:50 AM
I'm so late getting to these, I didn't vote and didn't even get a chance to look at anything but the thumbnails but when I saw this one I knew it was going to be yours. Love it.:) and congrats!
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12/31/2011 04:56:26 PM
Ha! Can't fool me Johanna. Talent is talent. And you got the adoring audience in the samme time. Bravo!
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12/31/2011 04:46:10 PM
gratz on the ribbon and tell Louie gratz on his new loving mommy!!
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12/31/2011 12:15:04 PM
Solid work Johanna, and lovely. Congrats on a landmark month.
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12/30/2011 09:35:15 PM
Those lines -- and that little bit of skin. Genius.

That's to say nothing of Fido. I'd be drooling too.
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12/30/2011 09:30:23 PM
Congratulations! Awesome shot.
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12/30/2011 08:24:49 PM
Wow what legs! Gorgeous! And the dog's expression is priceless. Huge congrats on your red Johanna!
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12/30/2011 07:06:26 PM
perfect in every way. thank you.
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12/30/2011 04:54:53 PM
I saw the style and knew it could only be one photog - great signature style Johanna

:-)

Gratz on the ribbon

eta - what a great looking doggie !!

Message edited by author 2011-12-30 16:55:21.
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12/30/2011 03:10:55 PM
Finally a different color ribbon! Congrats Johanna, two on the front is very special!
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12/30/2011 01:53:14 PM
I knew this was yours. Congrats on your ribbon!
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12/30/2011 01:52:54 PM
so much appeal! well done
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12/30/2011 01:11:14 PM
terrific shot!
the red stilettos go perfectly with the red bling. congrats!
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12/30/2011 12:59:33 PM
Congratulations Johanna! Great month indeed! Just wonderful!
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12/30/2011 11:50:04 AM
Is this Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz all grown up with her sweet dog, Toto?!

Love those sexy Ruby Slippers! I want a pair! ;-)

Congrats to you for landing once again on the front page, Johanna!

Message edited by author 2011-12-30 11:51:09.
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12/30/2011 11:41:25 AM
Congrats Johanna - the red matches the shoes!!!
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12/30/2011 11:36:22 AM
Glad to see Louie (great he found a new home) could pull things off for you in the end. Great shot Johanna, congrats on the Red!
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12/30/2011 11:24:39 AM
Great Shot Johanna...congrats on the ribbon!
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12/30/2011 11:24:12 AM
Lovely arc on the right-leg seam :-) Congrats on yet another ribbon, Johanna!
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12/30/2011 11:19:53 AM
The stuff you do is sooooo fantastic! This is excellent. I love how you do such a great job of capturing personality in the animals you shoot. Awesome job! Congrats on the red!
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12/30/2011 11:04:20 AM
You are a wild thing! Congratulations!! What an awesome shot - I love the light you get in your images.
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12/30/2011 10:15:09 AM
And it's not yellow! Red to match her shoes. Two in a row again. YOU ARE AWESOME! (Ribbon hog....)
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12/30/2011 10:06:28 AM
Yes it was you,Congratulations Johanna very pleased for you.
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12/30/2011 09:54:10 AM
Rich tones, beautiful shoes, congrats on the Ribbon!
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12/30/2011 09:28:07 AM
Fun shot. Congrats!
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12/30/2011 09:24:21 AM
Oh, yay! Congrats on the well deserved ribbon!
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12/30/2011 09:07:33 AM
Oh, I thought this was yours; I love it and knew it would do well. Congrats on the ribbon.
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12/30/2011 08:46:53 AM
When I saw this shot in voting I thought, three things that go together: nice legs + cute pet + 21_N.gif tanguera. Congratulations on another ribbon and a great month. Your work is amazing -- it's about time more ribbons started coming your way.
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12/30/2011 08:34:11 AM
Congratulations Johanna, great lighting and very funny. You're getting really good with pets! Your picture reminds me of that one, maybe next time will you try some exotic animals? :-)
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12/30/2011 06:33:14 AM
Awwwe, you just barely missed another yellow. ;-) Congrats, Johanna!
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12/30/2011 05:33:40 AM
Oh no! Reds are also in your domain! Congratulations! :-)
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12/30/2011 05:32:26 AM
Next time use a blue pair of shoes for a matching blue ribbon. Congrats, wonderful photography.
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12/30/2011 04:32:36 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Johanna! A great fun shot!
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12/30/2011 03:11:31 AM
Yes Johanna, there is a Santa Clause, and the dog has wonderful legs too. Your stockings runneth over this month, congratulations.
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12/30/2011 02:30:30 AM
Great work Johanna. A brilliantly composed and processed image. Congrats on the red.
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12/30/2011 01:16:36 AM
Fantastic!! Are these the same legs n stockings as the cat shot??? Congratulations!!!
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12/30/2011 01:09:54 AM
the colors and lighting of the dog are amazing. i'd love to hear more about your set up. congratulations.
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12/30/2011 12:52:09 AM
Congrats on the red, your ribbon matches the shoes nicely.
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12/30/2011 12:29:21 AM
I am SO glad this ribboned!
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12/30/2011 12:24:11 AM
good lookin' dog! ;-) (sorry, not a leg gal) congrats on the pile o ribbons!
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12/30/2011 12:18:05 AM
Two on the front page?? I haven't even gotten around to congratulating you on the first one!!

Huge congrats on an awesome shot! :)
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12/30/2011 12:15:38 AM
I'm on top this time Johanna :) really thought this deserved to win, suprised it didn't, you are having quite a month, congrats.
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12/30/2011 12:14:26 AM
And another one! Congrats!
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12/30/2011 12:08:12 AM
Congrats! I knew I recognized this shot!
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12/30/2011 12:07:48 AM
Thought this might ribbon, now you have a red, who's becoming the ribbon hog now......haha.

Message edited by author 2011-12-30 00:08:03.
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12/30/2011 12:04:54 AM
WD Joh. Fabulous to be sharing the front page with you :) At last! (Edit: Typo)

Message edited by author 2011-12-30 00:11:39.
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12/30/2011 12:03:13 AM
Ha, didn't recognize the stockings, Congrats on the ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/29/2011 11:34:22 PM
Ha. Yep. :D


I'd have cropped a bit off the top... to make it work even better... but...

Well DONE!

Glad you fixed the "seems" :D
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12/29/2011 09:49:55 PM
I'd have maybe cropped down from the top just a smidge, to lose that sliver of leg. Otherwise, I really like this; very amusing and nicely shot, what an adorable dog. Good light too.
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12/29/2011 03:39:06 PM
My pick for the blue ribbon. Beautiful and sexy. Nice dog, too. Good comic element. Fits the challenge well.
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12/29/2011 11:51:37 AM
sweet. and very well done.
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12/29/2011 01:41:42 AM
dog

ETA: I don't recall the joke, but I recall laughing. Bummer.

Message edited by author 2011-12-30 00:05:24.
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12/28/2011 12:24:28 PM
... and an adoring audience!
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12/28/2011 03:53:35 AM
They do go together! How sexy is that combo!
Needed a bit of fill light from left as the left stiletto is a touch lost. Could be a Johanna shot. Person + Pet :)
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12/27/2011 06:22:28 PM
I think it would have been better without the dog but still have it among my favorites in this challenge
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12/27/2011 01:03:50 PM
Cute. I like the way you lit this, very dramatic.
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12/26/2011 10:44:40 PM
Question is, what is the dog looking up at? Interesting shot.
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12/25/2011 09:06:13 PM
Striking photo and well processed. I love the expression on the dog :) The only tiny nitpick I have is where the image is cropped at the top... a fraction more or less leg might have looked better? 9 from me.
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12/24/2011 12:12:41 PM
Best in show, nice legs, just wish I could see what the dog is looking at, lucky little fellow.
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12/23/2011 12:06:12 PM
I believe this one will win, a very fine pair of legs, great shoes and an adorable dog, how could it not win, oh and it's also wonderfully done.
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12/23/2011 10:28:10 AM
What a cracker of a shot,jumps right out of the screen at me.My blue ribbon winner.( this could well be one of fav photographers on here but not sure)
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12/23/2011 06:50:49 AM
LOVE!!!
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12/23/2011 12:37:47 AM
Reminds me of a shot by [thumb]tanguera[/thumb]. Either way, nice composition. Love the dog.
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12/23/2011 12:05:24 AM
I like the clarity and good lighting applied to this image. Wonderful!
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